Here is a close look at Dierks Bentley‘s show in Tampa. Wow. What an amazing show. Dierks Bentley hit the stage just after 9pm on Friday night at the Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheater. Every time he comes to town, it seems like a brand new show he is putting on. Dierks was on stage for over 50 minutes singing 20 years worth of hits for an excited crowd. We heard over 18 hits from his past 10 albums and a few covers that we just loved.
He sang all of his big hits including our favorite, “Drunk on A Plane”. And yes, he was outfitted in his pilot outfit during the song. Something about a guy in a pilot uniform right?
He also sang his new song we are playing “Something Real”, from the album Gravel and Gold. Since becoming a headliner back in 2006, Bentley’s shows have consistently featured advanced staging, and this show was no exception. The stage was wide open and free of props. The massive video screen separated into parts gave the stage different looks throughout the night. At one point, he performed his song “Black” (with a bit of Coldplay’s “Fix You”) from behind the screen which was super cool. Jordan Davis even came out with Dierks to perform “What Was I Thinkin”.
Jordan Davis could have headlined the show himself. He is definitely ready. Jordan sang all his hits including Buy Dirt, Next Thing You Know and his first hits, Almost Maybes and Singles You Up. An amazing show. He won’t be opening up for anyone in 2024…he’s a headliner now.
Hot Country Knights Made An Appearance
Hot Country Knights made an appearance during the last part of the night. They were introduced by a Back to the Future-style video that took the Bentley crew “back to the 90s” — mullet wigs, spandex and key-tar included — for a medley of hits like Brooks’ “Ain’t Goin’ Down (‘Til the Sun Comes Up)” and “Friends in Low Places” and including hits by Tim McGraw, Shania Twain, Diamond Rio, Jo Dee Messina and Billy Ray Cyrus.
The new Hot Country Knights single “Mid-knight Rodeo” closed the show.
The Gravel & Gold Tour has dates announced through Aug. 26. Bentley will also be hosting the 2023 NHL Awards on June 25 in Nashville and CMA Fest on ABC in July.